This decision comes during a time when the country’s beer sales continue to rise above expectations, and SABMiller also reported that volumes in its Asian and African businesses rose by 9% in the five months to the end of August.
This announcement follows the company’s recent purchase of the Chinese brewing interests of Lion Nathan in a £86m deal.
Separately, the company has warned that last year’s huge increases in sales of its low-calorie Miller Lite beer could face a tougher future as the popularity of low-carbohydrate diets such as the Atkins diet wears off.
“We are going over fairly high comparable levels of growth from last year from August onwards so we would expect the growth rate to tail off to single digits,” said chief financial officer Malcolm Wyman, as reported in today’s Telegraph.
Shares in the company however still rose by 0.5p to 717.5p due to strong lager sales in Africa and Asia.